King Louie OG
Also known as King Louie XIII and King Louie OG, this strain’s empire is rich in dank aroma and a royal lineage that demands the respect of its toker subjects. The effects of this heavy-hitting Indica will slam into you fast and put you down for the count if you’re not careful.
The original breeder, OG Louie (born Louie Cazarin), is an executive with his own cannabis brand, “...his label OGmusicGroup is breaking barriers in the industry and becoming a national name.” He used a rare cut of OG Kush that was selected for high potency and crossed that with L.A. Confidential. The resulting strain is the authoritative King Louie we know and love today. His influence on music and marijuana is so renowned that High Times even listed him as one of the most influential figures in the cannabis space in 2018.
In an interview with BigBoyTV, Louie explained the origins of the strain. After accidentally flooding his garage (where he started growing), he took the leap into a warehouse space. Soon after, he opened a dispensary and started his brand, “I told everyone I was growing my own shit now. So, I got this OG Kush that’s fire and everyone kept asking what I was going to call it. I could only remember I was 13 years old when I took my first hit.”
So, while many claim the name comes from the ‘smelliest king of all time’, it’s actually a play on the name of the original breeder and the nostalgia of his first toke. However, that’s not the only misconception about this strain. Prior to 2018, “A lot of dispensaries had Louie XIII product and it was all bogus. It wasn’t mine. They were just naming it Louie XIII.”
After seeing dispensaries up and down California offering bootleg versions of his King Louie strain, Louie decided to craft his own individually hand-rolled Louie XIII cigars with a unique glass tip. In another interview, Louie said, “I wanted something different, I wanted something upscale.”
If you’re in the East LA area, you may even have the opportunity to participate in #thehuntforlouie. Louie will put together a premium package that includes Louie XIII cannabis and various merchandise, he’ll leave it in a specific location, and then let people know where it’s at via social media. The first person to snag the goodies get’s to keep them. His reasoning? “Put a smile on somebody’s face, man that’s one of the things that I love to do that a lot of people don’t know.”
King Louie Strain Effects, Benefits, and Side Effects
If you’re a fan of OG Kush effects, King Louie turns it up to eleven on the dank-o-meter. The head and body effects will come on shockingly fast. Some users report experiencing the cerebral effects first, but others say the body effects kick in sooner. Whatever the case, prepare for intense mind and body relaxation.
You may notice a subtle pressure behind your eyes just before King Louie takes command. A heavy feeling will settle over your mind and body, along with a carefree euphoric mood. As worries and stress melt away, the deep body effects escalate until sedation settles in. This could make King Louie a great option for those who deal with stress, anxiety, insomnia, and even some aches and pains.
One King Louie fan even says, “I love it on days when I’ve been dealing with intense chronic pain or even muscle spasms. It’s so comforting and calming, it’s almost like using a weighted blanket. As the high settles over me, I’m able to chill out while my body finally relaxes.”
The intense experience often comes with potent side effects as well. Some users have reported dry, itchy, and red eyes, while others claim it brings on an intense dry mouth experience. If you’re new to the power of King Louie, you may also want to watch out for dizziness.
King Louie Characteristics and Terpenes
Thanks to dominant terpenes D-Limonene, Myrcene, and Beta-Caryophyllene, King Louie has the typical OG Kush diesel fumes. It’s got an eye-widening pine and citrus quality that’s just barely softened by a subtle muskiness. Overall, the smell is a good balance of earthy and sour, making it surprisingly fresh yet still undeniably dank. Just be ready for a moderately harsh smoke sesh.
The buds themselves are incredibly dense, circular, and generally brighter than other OG strains. Coloring is usually light green (almost lime green) and well-grown buds are coated with a thick layer of resinous trichomes. Orange pistils set off this absolutely gorgeous bud making it a feast for the eyes as much as anything else.
King Louie Strain Seeds and Grow Info
While there are several places where you can find “King Louie” seeds made by crossing OG Kush and Tahoe OG kush, finding the original seeds can be a bit more difficult (if not impossible).
Once you actually get your hands on seeds, growing them isn’t a walk in the park. Both indoor and outdoor growing can be successful, but growing King Louie outdoors requires the right climate (daytime temps between 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit, ample sunlight, moderate humidity, and occasional shade). Like most OG Kush varieties, it requires a bit of pampering and most growers choose to cultivate this strain indoors.
An indoor hydroponics setup combined with Sea of Green methods will help if you have many clones. Additionally, indoor growing makes it much easier to avoid harsh weather and excess humidity that can lead to mold. While they have moderate resistance to pests, the density of these nugs makes them a tad bit more susceptible to mold.
With the right growing conditions and nutrients (mainly nitrogen but also phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium), you can expect King Louie to flower within eight to nine weeks. While it may be tempting to harvest early, wait that extra week to promote that sweet pine flavor.